One of the things that was fantastic about vintage PCs is the way your hands never had to leave the keyboard: everything was just a command away. The graphic user interface first introduced to the world with the Macintosh is obviously a big step forward when it comes to general accessibility, pointing an onscreen at an object to click on it can often be a step backwards when it comes to speed for die-hard power users.
If that sounds like you, Shortcat is a new, free app that you should download which aims to bring the command line to the GUI.
Billing itself as “Spotlight for the UI,” Shortcat allows you to do a search of all on-screen GUI elements just by hitting a shortcut, then automatically click that shortcut by hitting the enter key. It works with any app that supports OS X’s built-in accessibility features, and using it, you can do everything from change your DNS settings, copy-and-paste an app from one Finder window to another, jump between Skype sessions and more, without your fingers every leaving the keyboard or hitting a mouse.
I gave it a shot and while I’m not quite die-hard enough to use Shortcat, it impressed me: for the right kind of power-user who lives in code editors and prefers to do everything with the keyboard, Shortcat is a godsend. Even better? It’s totally free, and plays nice with other keyboard helpers like Alfred. You could easily throw your mouse or trackpad away entirely using Shortcat and Alfred together.